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Over the last 3-4 weeks I've been having headaches, light headedness, I've been feeling sick, sore breasts lower abdominal cramping which felt like someone was tryna pull my muscles tight with my lower stomach feeling harder than normal , I've had back ache nose bleeds metallic taste in my mouth and an increased appetite. I had a very light bleed which lasted 2-3 days starting 16th November. Are these all signs of pregnancy? All home pregnancy tests have come back negative, have I tested this too early?

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replied December 6th, 2012
Early Pregnancy Signs and Symptoms Answer A40800
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The symptoms that you describe (headaches, lightheadedness, feeling sick, sore breasts, lower abdominal cramps, harder feeling lower abdomen, back ache, metallic taste in mouth, increased appetite, light bleeding/spotting) could be few of early symptoms suggestive of pregnancy. Wait and watch for your periods. Look out for development of any new symptoms. If the symptoms suggestive of pregnancy are persistent, or if your periods do not start within 10 days of expected period dates, or if you suspect chances of pregnancy, visit your doctor/gynecologist for further examination (to confirm pregnancy related changes/signs in body) and blood/serum HCG level test (to confirm/rule out pregnancy accurately). Urine pregnancy test kits usually start showing positive results after about 18-20 days post-conception (roughly corresponding to about 1 week after your missed/altered periods) and you can get false negative results with urine pregnancy tests done very early in pregnancy, as the kits are calibrated ones, so unless the hormone levels in urine reach a certain level, they do not show positive results. The test should always be done on early morning first urine sample to get accurate results (pregnancy hormone HCG is believed to be in highest concentration in this sample, and you should avoid lot of fluid intake and caffeinated beverages in the night before taking the test). Be in regular monitoring and follow-up with your treating doctor/gynecologist and report any new/abnormal symptoms immediately.
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